Focus.de has a short interview with Nina about her new album.
English translation via Google:
“I Beam Love”
Thursday, 07.29.2010, 10:36 AM • from FOCUS-Online-author Katja Schwemmer
Gospel Diva instead Punk icon? On their new album “Personal Jesus” presents Nina Hagen in classic sacred garment. In the interview reveals the flashy singer, why she now lives chaste.
This woman is always good for surprises: “I can not sing a gospel, I’ma white chick,” was Nina Hagen once in their hit “Hold Me”. 20 years later published the now 55 years old “Mother of Punk”, more than ever, religious inspiration, a whole album full of gospel songs. On “Personal Jesus” she interprets classic respectful of Elvis Presley and Depeche Mode and boarded the album charts at # prompt 16 – their highest placing since 1979.
FOCUS Online: wife, Hagen now mutate from punk to gospel diva?
Nina Hagen: Yes. For, firstly I’m no diva. And secondly, I’m in my 17th Age by a near-death experience to become a professing Christian – just wanted to hear none! I have also already the Lord’s Prayer set to music in a sword dance version. At the “Rock in Rio” I’ve sailed on a large metal cross on the stage and sang “Spirit In The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. On my old plates you will find many gospel songs. Add to “Hold Me” in 1989 we shot my first gospel video at the grave of Jim Morrison at Paris’ Pere Lachaise cemetery.
FOCUS Online: In those days you lived in Paris.
Hagen: I was pregnant with my son Otis. And I am often passed by taxi to the cemetery because Cosma near there at school. And I always did it hurt the back, as if I had gotten a volley shots. For 1872 the Communards were shot right there on the left back. The Paris communities have always fascinated me, since I already saw the play “The Days of the Commune” by Berthold Brecht, the Berliner Ensemble. That was an interesting time, when the workers were in the artist district of Montmartre, a municipality create grassroots self-sufficiency.
FOCUS Online: When you came for the first time the idea for a gospel album?
Hagen: I have 1981 on my first English album “Nunsexmonkrock” nuns and monks discussed already. At that time I had read a book on crime in the 16th Century in the Catholic Church are going on. There was a monastery full of men and one full of women. They have built a tunnel, there are really hard hit and loved him. Then the nuns have become pregnant, there have their children brought to the world, they then murdered and verbuddelt. It was a crazy collection of baby bones. When I read, I had been thinking of making a pure gospel album. Also because I had this near-death experience where I was no longer the same as my earthly body. I had taken LSD, had died and had an encounter with God. That was the most dramatic experience of my life completely.
FOCUS Online: Was that a good feel or do we all fear us?
Hagen: No, we need not fear at all, but we all have to deal with the word of God and Jesus Christ! This is my big tip. Build a relationship with God on! Because we’re drawn by a loving father to us is not based only briefly in such a material world where we are born through pain, but when we are done here with the human life on earth, then it goes on for us. We will have a so-called heavenly bodies. And will be even more energetic and dynamic as our earthly. And he is already created so wonderful.
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FOCUS Online: Nina Hagen and more cosmic energy – that would make me really scared now!
Hagen: No, in heaven there is no fear. All the angels have power, or else the fly did not know. And there, in heaven and music is made. This is a very peaceful world, just as beautiful as Planet Earth, perhaps even more beautiful because there is no suffering and no more deaths.
FOCUS Online: Why They depict your death experience now? Kamen because too many aliens and UFOs in between?
Hagen: I have near-death experience in my first book “I am a Berliner” below that. And I have only had one experience with a UFO. That was in 1981 when I was pregnant for the fourth month. And this experience I have honestly so says, as it was. And then I have also spoken with many other people who like what has happened, but in a negative sense. Are against their will into something forced that they would not. This is nothing divine. God would never force to something, he gave us free will. He wants the same quality build with us a relationship. Our Creator is not a fascist. On the contrary.
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FOCUS Online: Where the time for the church is not favorable even – after the recent scandals.
Hagen: I think it is now cheap because we renew. We humans have yet to take care of creation, and protecting them. It is run out there about so many pseudo-Christians, such as this, George Bush, who has never done only un-Christian things. I pray for him. I pray for all who want to subvert the good. But coming so close before. Which will only hurt yourself while. Because God’s justice will one day when we have no more earthly body, shine upon us. And then all those who have broken with intent and malice of mankind in the nuclear holocaust, be quite the stroke.
FOCUS Online: And now you want to convert to Christianity through the music?
Hagen: I say to you is: Read the Bible! My favorite Bible is a transfer of the New Testament by Fred Ritzhaupt. It is called “Welcome home” and in a very poetic language written. Sometimes, the ancient language is not understandable for us. But in this interpretation, the Bible even touch brand new heart and delight the mind.
FOCUS Online: How do you practice your faith?
Hagen: I am a Protestant, grassroots community. We have no pope, no ruler, we kiss the hand or the ring. We are well aware that if a person too much power in the hand is, he can abuse very well. This is when people somehow Sun Therefore, all together, and distribute nice democratically their tasks. That makes so much fun! I see nothing in my community.
FOCUS Online: And since you are found regularly?
Hagen: Yes, I go out as often as I can. But it is in Schüttorf, and I’m finally on the road in the world. But this is my home town, and I am there in the gospel choir. We organized a New Year’s concert. With very many children, who also sang strongly.
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FOCUS Online: Are you an inspiration for the children?
Hagen: No, the children inspire me! We humans live on it, we are the products of our inspiration. And what other people have given us to love and truth. If I had not had my Catholic aunts in childhood, I would have never found to Christianity. For by my Catholic mussel, which has prayed with me and for me, I have only ever experienced, how well does the praying. I even made a God-Test.
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FOCUS Online: How does such a God test?
Hagen: Well, I’m so blasphemed God so poor and my Catholic aunt almost driven mad because I wanted to have a sign from God! But God can not be put to the test. I have certainly felt the very next day I broke my leg. I woke up in hospital after surgery, and then my broken leg was hanging in the air in the device. And I thought only God there is!
FOCUS Online: And so you now have a gospel album recorded?
Hagen: It was a Riesenherzenswunsch from me! I wanted runtertauchen to the roots, as deep-sea fish in the bottomless treasure trove of American music rummage. The black slaves in America before secretly listened to the church doors and windows, when the whites have inside heard the Gospel. Then the slaves went to the cotton fields, singing to each other while working against the Gospel. So this music was created. Gospel is simply the most powerful way to preach the gospel, because the songs make it as a really bold courage and give new vitality! It should belong to any repertoire of folk singer.
FOCUS Online: What has helped you, then, in the studio so intensely to be able to interpret the Gospel?
Hagen: I love God. And I’m in a relationship with Jesus. And with the song “Personal Jesus” I felt him very close. Or in “God’s Radar” – because God has made me always on his radar screen. Each of us. Jesus has indeed brought us the good news that every person is God’s beloved child, not just some selected nations. In that sense, I also love the song “Down At The Cross”. The piece also shows how the whites have zurückbedient by the blacks and made it in country gospel music. It developed various styles of music: Gospel, Blues, Gospel, Soul, Gospel radio à la Al Green. From the Urgospel indeed the whole popular music genres: from rock ‘n’ roll come to Fusion.
FOCUS Online: You also say “Jesus rocks the world!
Hagen: Yes, sure, he’s Jesus Christ Superstar. He is the first true rock star! Jesus is also the tower of strength, “the rock” on which one can hold on to.
FOCUS Online: What is the biggest misconception about you?
Hagen: That I do not know. But this world I will probably be misunderstood until the peace is there, respect all people and love each other.
FOCUS Online: Michael Jackson was often misunderstood.
Hagen: The whole time was also loved, but he has unfortunately failed to seek help really. I have recently seen in a TV documentary that he was often slipped phone numbers and addresses of fans, but all of which he has always thrown away – and I think that was a huge mistake. Since then he has had at some point the wrong advisers and people around him.
FOCUS Online: How to protect yourself from it?
Hagen: Well, through Jesus, by God! I am protected by my church and my faith. Moreover, Jesus has given us yet even explains how to do it with the love of enemies. The works on the zerlieben motto, zerlieben, zerlieben! Even if someone hates you, or attacking – then we simply beaming love! We beamed friendship. We beam peacefulness.
FOCUS Online: Is it true that you never want to have sex?
Hagen: I’m already very long in the celibate – as a nun. For me it was a horror when I arrived after a long time in America to Germany and suddenly in the middle of the night advertising with over 50-year-old women see the naked behave and say: Call me! Why do you people with so volldröhnen a venal, disrespectful, degrading stuff? I am also hurt in the name of love that people let off for money so terribly sad things. Such things should only be sent encrypted. Sex and love are still sacred and private matter. And the voluntary celibacy is something very, very nice!
FOCUS Online: Have you no more vices?
Hagen: Yes, smoking for example. But God would not like if I did not respect myself and let myself would prefer filling up with alcohol and drunk by the clubs. God would not like it if I were a bad example to the people and in my mature years, still running around with gigolos.
FOCUS Online: Are you active on the Internet?
Hagen: I use the Internet to work as a political activist to promote my work for peace. That to me is very important. Why there is the internet then?
FOCUS Online: What do you want from politics?
Hagen: That we are a bit more of Switzerland Sprachreise of referendums and it is more. We the people want, not only on the ballot paper machine to operate, but also in life, in the basis of democracy. But the democracy we live it properly! That the managers are afraid of us, we are afraid of those with anxiety but does nothing. We need honesty, transparency and good will – why are we men?
FOCUS Online: What do you want from society?
Hagen: I think it’s important with dying and sick people to maintain contact. I see the Elizabeth Hospice are also quite often a school class, which performed there all day community service. They sing in the choir really great songs, drinking coffee with the patients, massaging their feet and hands. I think it would be great if children and young people and all people would have no fear of contact with sick and dying. I hope for our society really hard.
FOCUS Online: Are you really a friend and replace it with Nena, perhaps even about spirituality?
Hagen: No, privately we know each other not so good. Otherwise, I would warn against this fact can “Damanhur” sect in Italy, which has Nena times. I have read some reports on the Internet by dropouts of the sect – that’s all pretty kontrollfreakmäßig. And there is no Jesus.